They're stacked single coils, which allow for switching between hi and lo outputs. IronGear's own wiring diagrams show how to use 3 x push/pulls to switch the output of each individual pickup but, ever the fan of simple things, I'm wondering if it can be done with just one (to switch all) or two (one for the bridge, one for neck and middle)? I'm not a fan of having extra switches visible - I'm looking to keep the original, vintage, look.
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I'm wondering if it can be done with just one (to switch all) or two (one for the bridge, one for neck and middle)?
To do all three at once would require a 3-pole push/pull pot, and no such part exists. You could use a 3-pole toggle switch to do all three at once, but you said you wanted to keep the stock Strat look, so I assume the P/Ps are the way you want to go here.
But you can consolidate any two onto any of the P/Ps (your choice of which two). You will notice on the Smokestack II diagram that each P/P switch has only one pole being used. Simply wire the second pickup to the unused pole on any of the P/Ps. The wiring will be the same, it will just go to the other side of the P/P pot. Then you can eliminate one P/P, or use it for other things if desired*.
Since the Br pickup in this set is a higher output than the middle and neck, it might make the most sense to put the neck and middle together on the one P/P and give the bridge pup its own P/P. But it's really your choice.
*Three P/Ps keeps the stock look as well as two do. So, my advice would be to keep the third P/P and use it for a "neck on" switch, thus giving you the 2 Strat tones missing from the 5-way switch (N + B and N + M + B).
I had forgotten about the S-1 switch, that would be an option to do all 3 at once. Two P/Ps would be a lot cheaper, however, and you might like the ability to not have all operating pickups on high output at the same time.
And, BTW, if we were truly the "fount of all knowledge" hereabouts, we would all have gamed the stock markets years ago and be comfortably retired now, playing guitar all day, instead of working our fannies off.